Freelancing in an Economic Downturn

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Whether you call it a recession, depression or apocalypse, financial downturns are something that every economy and every business must deal with from time to time. While recessions are generally met with a lot of gloom and doom forecasting the collapse of business as we know it, they do provide some unique opportunities for making money as well. If you are reading this from a country that is currently sitting high on the money bubble don’t worry! It is quite simply inevitable that your economy too will someday take a turn for the worse. Good thing you will already have the advice needed to be prepared!

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Free Web Browser Icon Set

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I was looking around at icon sets today and having trouble finding a good set that had logos for all of the different web browsers out there. So my solution was to make my own! Download the free icon set after the jump.

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Achieving Success Using Popular Freelance Sites

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Getting your feet wet as a freelance web designer can be a daunting task. Especially for students and young designers, the lack of a rich and meaningful portfolio or a client network is a tough hump to get over. Popular freelance sites such as elance or odesk can provide a great way to get started in the industry but with such a large user base it can be tough to stand out. However, if you can manage to milk some success out of sites like these it can lead to a very bright future in freelance design.

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Clients! Stop searching for a designer/developer!

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As an emerging freelance designer I take some time every now and then to do some project hunting and it is starting to drive me insane. I am not losing my mind due to the time consumed or a lack of success but rather for contacting potential clients under false pretenses. Please forgive me but when you post a job requesting the services of a freelance web designer my impression is that you need someone to design a website for you. All too often I come to find out that what these clients need is a web developer to build applications and scripts for their websites. And as you may assume this misunderstanding goes the other way around as well. And the coup de grâce of all is the job posting for a web Designer/Developer in where the poster assumes that everyone who designs web sites also develops them.

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Apple iPad: Am I Required To Be Impressed?

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Because I am not. I can’t help but see all of these rave reviews on the Apple iPad and how it’s a digital revolution and a part of me just feels like this has to be a joke that I have been left out on. I caught some of Steve Jobs’ presentation on various YouTube videos that will probably be removed sooner or later and I simply didn’t see any features to be impressed with.

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